A prominent French philosopher, psychoanalyst and newspaper columnist best known for her work on risk-taking has drowned after she swam out to try and save two children who were in trouble in the sea at a beach near Saint-Tropez.
Anne Dufourmantelle was apparently swept away by a strong current at the weekend when she intervened to help the children at Pampelonne beach on the French Riviera.
Attempts to resuscitate her failed after she was recovered.
The red flag, which signals danger and means people should not swim, was flying at the beach at the time of the rescue attempt, according to local media reports which said that strong winds made conditions worsen.
French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen paid tribute to Ms Dufourmantelle in a tweet, saying the 53-year-old was “a great philosopher, a psychoanalyst, she helped us to live, to think about today’s world.”
Raphaël Enthoven, another prominent French philosopher, tweeted that he was “saddened and stunned” to learn of the death Ms Dufourmantelle, “who spoke so well of dreams.”
She was the author of numerous essays and books in many of which she argued that exposure to threats and risks was an unavoidable and even necessary part of life.
Her first published book was co-written by the late Jacques Derrida, who is seen by many as one of the greatest contemporary philosophers.
One of her best-known works was titled Praise of Risk, which was published in 2011.
In a 2015 interview with Libération newspaper, for which she later wrote columns, she said that “the idea of absolute security – like ‘zero risk’ – is a fantasy.”
In the face of “real danger that must be faced in order to survive, there is a strong incentive for action, dedication, and surpassing oneself,” she said.
“Being alive is a risk. Life is a metamorphosis and it begins with this risk,” she told the left-wing daily.
“It is said: ‘to risk one’s life’, but perhaps one should say ‘to risk life’, (since) being alive is a risk,” Dufourmantelle said..
The interview was carried out at a time when a wave of terror attacks had begun in France and a huge influx of migrants into Europe was under way.
Her funeral is due to be held in Ramatuelle, southern France, on Tuesday.
(Contributed by Bruce King.)
Published on Jul 27, 2017
In the next series of stories, the Biblical patriarch Abram (later: Abraham) enters into a covenant with God. The history of Israel proper begins with these stories. Abram heeds the call to adventure, journeys courageously away from his country and family into the foreign and unknown, encounters the disasters of nature and the tyranny of mankind and maintains his relationship with the God who has sent him forth. He becomes in this manner a light in the world, and a father of nations.
How is this all to be understood? I am attempting in this lecture to determine precisely that. How are we, as modern people, to make sense of the idea of the God who reveals himself to a personality? How can we relate the details of the Abramic stories to our own lives, in the current world? In what frame of reference can these stories be seen to make sense, and to reveal their meaning?
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